THE RIGHT combination of leadership and good support by the players helped Delhi Public School (DPS) sail into the semifinal of the Dr Govind Narayan Singh Memorial Inter-School Cricket Carnival being organised at Old Campion grounds. DPS defeated St Paul School comfortably by 162 runs.
Man of the match Shreyas Singh of DPS scored an unbeaten 145. After winning the toss, St Paul’s skipper Yash Dubey opted to field first on a good batting track. “We won the first match while chasing the target. We hope the same result now”, said Yash after winning the toss. But the decision went wrong when the strong batting order of DPS scored 248 runs for the loss of four wickets.
The hallmark of opener DPS Shreyas Singh’s innings was elegance. His straight drives and square drives entertained the gathering. His policy of rotating the strike maintained the confidence of the batsmen at the other end. The 145 runs innings of Shreyas was studded with 21 boundaries. With the help of fine batting by Shreyas and good support from other batsmen, DPS set a 249-run target for St Paul’s. St Paul’s bowlers were wayward.
Despite the huge total, DPS skipper Aaditeshwar Singhdeo was not complacent. The attacking field set by him gave early breakthroughs in the form of two run outs. St Paul’s opener Akshay Sinha and skipper Yash Dubey was back in the dressing room after being run out at the score of 20.
The rest of the team could not recover due to the sustained DPS pressure and were bundled out in 29 overs for a paltry 86 runs. Ahmed Ali scored the highest 21 runs.
Bowlers dominated in the entire innings St Paul’s innings. Kapil Gurbani claimed the highest three wickets. Rajat Chandran claimed two wickets while Aaditeshwar Singhdeo and Shreyas Singh took one wicket each. DPS won the match by 162 runs.
Chief guest of the man of the match presentation ceremony, Scheduled Caste Welfare and Labour Minister Jagdish Dewda, and former minister Ajay Singh presented man of the match trophy to Shreyas Singh.
On the occasion, BDCA chairman Dhruv Narayan Singh, organising secretary Aruneshwar Singhdeo, Ashok Singh, Rajiv Saxena, Sushil Singh, Arun Tyagi and others were present.